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Get Lost in Space!
FCS Pops Concert, featuring Dr. Erin Macdonald

Beam aboard the USS Fort Collins Symphony (FCS) for a rousing intergalactic experience with a full-spectrum orchestral performance of music from your favorite Sci-Fi films and television shows, including selections from the X-Files, Star Trek, Lost in Space, Aliens, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Jetsons, Avatar, AstroBoy, E.T., and Guardians of the Galaxy.


Dr. Erin Macdonald

Get Lost in Space!

2001: A Space Odyssey: Sunrise,
from Also sprach Zarathustra
Richard Strauss

Sci-Fi on Television

Jetsons Theme
Hoyt Curtin,
arr. Morgan Denney

AstroBoy Theme
Tatsuo Takei,
arr. Morgan Denney

Lost in Space Theme (Season 3)
John Williams
arr. Will Swindler

Battlestar Galactica Suite
Stu Phillips

X-Files Theme
Mark Snow

Star Trek: Through the Years
arr. Calvin Custer


We invite you to keep us playing by making a $5 donation. Your generosity makes it possible for us to present concerts such as this. Thank You!

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For upcoming FCS concerts, visit: FCSymphony.org/events

Sci-Fi at the Movies

The Force Awakens: March of the Resistance
John Williams

Avatar Suite
James Horner

Aliens Suite no. 1
James Horner

E.T. Adventures on Earth
John Williams

Highlights from "Guardians of the Galaxy"
arr. Michael Brown

Dr. Erin Macdonald

Dr. Erin Macdonal


Fort Collins native Dr. Erin Macdonald is a graduate of the Poudre School District (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Poudre High School). At the University of Colorado (Boulder), she dual-majored in Physics with Astrophysics (cum laude) and Mathematics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) in Gravitational Astrophysics. Her post-doctoral research with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration on gravitational waves from dead and colliding stars and black holes resulted in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. She has taught at the college level, worked with the Denver Museum of Science and Nature, and written and narrated numerous popular science podcasts including an Audible Original series produced by The Great Courses on "The Science of Sci-Fi" which reached the Audible Non-Fiction Top 10 bestseller list in March 2020. Currently, Macdonald works as a technical advisor at the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Los Angeles. In addition, she was recently hired as the CBS Star Trek Franchise science consultant. Macdonald is an internationally sought-after public speaker, educator, STEAM advocate, writer, and technical consultant who explains complex physics and astronomy ideas to varied audiences. For more information, please visit: www.erinpmacdonald.com

Music Director - Wes Kenney

Wes Kenney

The 2007 Grand Prize Winner of the Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition, a 2020 Honored Artist from the American Prize, a winner of the American Prize for programming in 2020, a winner of the Ernst Bacon Memorial Prize for excellence in performance of American Music, and now the 2020 American Prize Winner for best orchestral performance in the Professional Orchestra Division, Wes Kenney is celebrating his 19th season as Music Director of the Fort Collins (Colorado) Symphony and Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University. Wes Kenney is also in his ninth season with Denver Young Artist Orchestra—the premier youth orchestra in the state of Colorado—an orchestra recognized by the city of Denver for outreach.  He has led that orchestra on two European tours and anchored two festivals at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Kenney’s guest conducting activities include the Acadiana Symphony (LA), Alabama Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Lafayette (IN) Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, Savannah Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony. International guest conducting includes performances with the Liev (Ukraine) Philharmonic, Changwon (South Korea) Philharmonic, Vietnam National Symphony (Hanoi), Vidin State Philharmonic, Stara Zagora Opera Company in Bulgaria as well as the Edinburgh (Scotland) Music Festival.

Named Educator of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association in 2008, Mr. Kenney enjoys working with talented young people in his position as Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University and has served as Guest Conductor with the Alabama, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Virginia All-State Orchestras. Awarded the prestigious Carmen Dragon Conducting Prize in 1992, Wes Kenney is a founder of the CSU Summer Master of Music Education with an emphasis in conducting program, now in its 12th year.

Pops Sponsors and Partners

Thank You FCS Partners & Sponsors!

The generosity of our partners, underwriters, sponsors, and individual donors make this 2021-2022 Season possible. We invite you to join us in thanking all who keep us playing!

Get Lost in Space! Sponsors:

2021-2022 Concert Season Underwriters:

  • The City of Fort Collins Fort Fund
  • Colorado Creative Industries
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Dr. David & Alison Dennis
  • The Lyric
  • Dr. Ed Siegel
  • Dr. Peter Springberg & Jan Kowall

Media Sponsors:

Cosplay Partners:

  • The Cosplayers of Larimer and Weld County
  • The 501st Mountain Garrison Division
  • USS Tiburon
  • The Sith Dynasty
  • The Cerar Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs 

Individual Donors:

Your individual gift (of any size) contributes to the overall success of your Symphony and its many programs.

To learn how you can become a major FCS partner, sponsor, or individual donor for future concerts and/or programs, please contact us: 970.482.4823 or mkopco@fcsymphony.org

Your Support Keeps Us Playing

Help keep us playing with your donation (of any size) now. Thank you for your consideration. 

It is the generosity of our community that makes it possible for your Fort Collins Symphony (a non-profit arts organization) to present spectacular concerts and engaging educational programs to residents and visitors alike in Northern Colorado. Programs include:

  • The Signature Concert Series
  • The spring Pops! Concert
  • The festive and free annual July 4th Concert
  • The Youth Education Series (YES) outreach concerts to introduce instruments and live music to Larimer County elementary students
  • The B Sharp Arts Engagement Program for people living with dementia and their care partners
  • The Open Notes Program for at-risk and underserved audiences
  • Lunchtime Composer Talks and pre-concert Maestro’s Musings
  • Meet the Guest Artist receptions
  • Free Open Rehearsals

FCS concerts, programs, and initiatives are designed to inspire, bring joy, and provide an environment that is engaging, nurturing, and inclusive for all residents of and visitors to Northern Colorado.

We invite you to discover more about your Fort Collins Symphony by visiting: FCSymphony.org/

Musician Roster

First Violin

  • Nina Fronjian, Concertmaster
  • Evan De Long, Assistant Concertmaster
  • Mary Evans, Principal
  • Rachel Sliker
  • Andrew Giordano
  • Lola Kern
  • Danica Smith
  • Leslie Stewart
  • Alan Chan
  • Grace Johnston

Second Violin

  • Sarah Whitnah, Principal
  • Jennifer Crim, Assistant Principal
  • Bennett Stucky
  • Jean Denney
  • Therese Bakker
  • Elizabeth Furuiye
  • Robert Kreutz
  • Mary Bellone


  • Sabrina Romney Lloyd, Principal
  • Erin Napier, Assistant Principal
  • Kyla Witt
  • James Shaw
  • Benjamin Durfee
  • Daniella Martinez


  • Becky Kutz Osterberg, Principal
  • Beth Wells, Assistant Principal
  • Beth Vanderborgh
  • Ethan Blake
  • Yi-Ching Lee


  • Erik Deines, Principal
  • Zack Nieswender, Assistant Principal
  • Bailey Bennett
  • Ernie Glock


  • Norman Nenzales, Principal
  • Kristin Sommer, 2nd/Associate Principal
  • Sandra Tiemens, 3rd


  • Sandra Tiemens


  • Max Soto, Principal
  • Pablo Hernandez, 2nd
  • Jordan Pyle, 3rd

English Horn

  • Jordan Pyle


  • David Halperin, Principal
  • Daniel Mills, 2nd
  • Wesley Ferreira, 3rd

Eb Clarinet

  • David Halperin

Bass Clarinet

  • Wesley Ferreira


  • Tom Bittinger, Principal
  • Anthony Frederico, 2nd
  • Kyle Sneden, 3rd


  • Kyle Sneden


  • Ben Shafer, Principal
  • Ayo Derbyshire, 2nd
  • John McGuire, 3rd/Associate Principal
  • Kira Goya, 4th
  • Devon Park, 5th/Assistant


  • Stanley Curtis, Principal
  • Derek McDonald, 2nd /Associate Principal
  • Dawn Kramer, 3rd
  • Maxwell Heavner, Assistant


  • Daniel Watt, Principal
  • Nat Wickham, 2nd/Associate Principal
  • Kiel Lauer, 3rd


  • Alan Harvey


  • Mike Tetreault


  • Carl Dixon, Principal
  • Leo T. Canale, 2nd/ Associate Principal
  • Colin Constance
  • Justin Doute
  • Valerie Smalley


  • Pamela Eldridge, Principal


  • Joshua Sawicki

To learn more about your FCS musicians, please visit: fcsymphony.org/orchestra

Friends of the Symphony

The Friends of the Symphony is a nonprofit organization whose purpose shall be to support and promote the growth of the Fort Collins Symphony financially, socially, and educationally.

Since its inception in 1963, the Friends have donated over one million dollars to the Fort Collins Symphony, created numerous initiatives and educational outreach programs, and worked to advance a culture of arts in our community for the benefit of persons of all ages and musical interests. Friends of the Symphony members apply their interests and skills in a variety of ways in our fundraisers, education events, member meetings, and activities. For more information and/or to join, visit: fcsymphony.org/fos/

FoS programs include:

  • The Meet the Artist series provides an opportunity for music lovers to spend an informal evening to meet an FCS guest artist. Learn about their music and experience an intimate performance at a volunteer’s home or other small venue.
  • Composer Talks are held prior to each Signature Concert to help audiences learn about the details of each composer. Hosted by CSU Professor Dr. Dawn Grapes. 
  • The Youth Education Series for Families (YES) is an annual education event where children, families, and anyone interested in music are encouraged to learn about the instruments of the orchestra through a family-friendly performance.
  • The Friends of the Symphony Endowed Chair Program totals over $596,000 and resides in a balanced pool at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Interest from this fund supports orchestra musician salaries. In 1999, Kay Edwards set a goal of endowing 36 musician chairs. After 22 years of hard work, Kay not only met her goal in 2021, she exceeded it by one with a total of 37 endowed musician chairs. The Fort Collins Symphony Association is deeply grateful for Kay’s vision and commitment to supporting the orchestra.

NEW! Sharyn H. & Larry J. Salmen Third Horn Endowed Chair:
In 2021, Sharyn H. & Larry J. Salmen endowed this chair to honor all of the friendships made during Women’s Guild of the Fort Collin Symphony (Friends of the Symphony) fundraisers, educational programs, and membership events.  Through their efforts, Sharyn—a Past President and Honorary Life Member—and Larry have supported the performance of live symphonic music in the community. For the Salmens, “It’s all been about the Music!”

Sharyn H. & Larry J. Salmen

NEW! Mary A. Kopco Second Flute Endowed Chair:
Friends of Mary A. Kopco established an endowed chair to commemorate her outstanding dedication, devotion, and diligence as Executive Director of the Fort Collins Symphony since February 2015.  Ms. Kopco has focused extraordinary attention and exceptional creativity to all aspects of her position, including budgeting, grant-writing, programming, and organizational management.  May this chair be a constant expression of gratitude for her excellent leadership in the FCS.

Mary Kopco

NEW! Paisley Pettine Second Trombone Endowed Chair:
Dr. Kenneth Pettine endowed this chair in honor of his wife, Paisley.  Paisley has served with great joy for many years as a board member of the FCSA. As a long-time Pilates instructor, she understands how both physical movement and music sustain, inspire, soothe and heal the body and the soul.

Paisley Pettine

To see all 37 endowed orchestra chairs, please visit: fcsymphony.org/fos/fundraising/

B Sharp: An Arts Engagement Program

The B Sharp Arts Engagement® Program was founded in 2015 with the purpose of engaging people living with dementia and their caregivers in an immersive community musical experience. The Fort Collins Symphony, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Larimer County Office on Aging, Colorado State University, and Dementia Together® provides 30 people living with dementia and their primary care partner with the opportunity to attend Symphony performances, and participate in a Colorado State University study where a number of factors are explored, including: the impact of music on the cognitive ability of participants with dementia, the social connections between the caregiver and person with dementia, and the degree to which study participants felt supported by the community. 

Upcoming Regional Arts Events

Your Fort Collins Symphony is just one of many outstanding and award-winning arts and cultural organizations in the Northern Colorado region. We are proud to promote their performances, concerts, and events. We hope you will support them as well!  Click on links below to view upcoming performances.

The Lyric: lyriccinema.com/

Off the Hook Arts: offthehookarts.org/

Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures: globalvillagemuseum.org/ 

Colorado Mahlerfest: mahlerfest.org/

Front Range Chamber Players: frontrangechamberplayers.org/

Northern Colorado Youth Orchestra: nocoyo.org/

Bas Bleu Theatre Company:  basbleu.org/

OpenStage Theatre & Company: openstage.com/

The Gardens on Spring Creek: fcgov.com/gardens/

Opera Fort Collins: operafortcollins.com/

Canyon Concert Ballet: ccballet.org/

Health & Wellness Community Orchestra: hworchestra.org/